Lok Sabha nod to NIA Bill Amit Shah says wont misuse

first_img Advertising More Explained What’s changing in NIA: Wider jurisdiction, more offences, faster trial Congress leader of the house Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked how the government intended to probe cases in Pakistan. Shah said the NIA’s powers would draw from various international conventions, like the SAARC convention against terrorism. “Pakistan is not a signatory to it… But it will eventually have to sign it. And to deal with Pakistan, we have other ways too, such as surgical strike and air strike,” he said.Congress member Manish Tewari raised the issue of the NIA Act being caught in a legal battle over its validity. He said the CBI had also been declared illegal by a court. In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief Related News Best Of Express On fears that the NIA Act violates the federal structure, Reddy said, “NIA only takes up cases of inter-state jurisdiction, and even that is done after discussion with states. We never go without informing the state. Speak to your DGPs and they will tell you.” National Investigation Agency, NIA bill, what is NIA bill, NIA bill amendments, changes in NIA bill, india terror act, amit shah, lok sabha NIA bill, parliament news, parliament  monsoon session, Indian express Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on Monday.SPEAKING DURING a debate on a Bill that seeks to give more powers to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Home Minister Amit Shah told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government would use the NIA Act to “finish terrorism” and not “misuse” it to target any community. The House later passed the Bill, with 278 votes in favour of it and six against. Advertising ExplainedWhat are the changesUnder the NIA (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the agency can investigate terror attacks on Indians or Indian facilities abroad. The government can designate any sessions court as an NIA special court. Additionally, the NIA can also investigate offences under the Explosive Substances Act, Atomic Energy Act, manufacture or sale of prohibited arms and cyber-terrorism.“If CBI was illegal Manishji, you would have had the maximum problem. No one has misused the CBI as much as the Congress,” replied Shah.Some members referred to the 2008 Malegaon blast case and the allegations by then special public prosecutor Rohini Salian that the NIA had asked her to go slow.“The matter is sub-judice, so we cannot comment on it,” said MoS (Home) Reddy. ‘Learn to listen, Owaisi sahab’: Amit Shah to Hyderabad MP over NIA amendment bill center_img Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file “Owaisi Saheb is unaware that action has been taken even against Tamil organisations involved in terror activities… When we make such arguments, we boost the morale of terrorists,” replied Shah.During passage of the Bill, which was put to voice vote by Speaker Om Birla, Owaisi repeatedly demanded division.“There must be division on this issue. The nation must come to know who are the people standing against terrorism and who are standing by it,” Shah responded.When NC MP Hasnain Masoodi raised the issue of personal liberty, Shah said: “You are worried about personal liberty, and not worried about those who have become widows because of terrorism. Do not spread such propaganda.” Some members raised the issue of TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) and POTA having been allegedly misused, and pointed out that they were later repealed.“They were not repealed for misuse. POTA was repealed for vote bank. It was repealed by Congress in 2004. It was a political move. You want to do politics, it’s okay. But don’t use the forum of Parliament for it,” Shah said.“Repealing POTA was not the right move. It’s not just me, even people in the security establishment believe this. Because of repeal of POTA, terrorism increased in the next few years, and we had the 26/11 attacks. The Congress was forced to bring in the NIA Act. Had POTA not been repealed, the Mumbai attacks would probably not have happened,” he said.Opposing the Bill, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi said only one community was targeted in terror investigations, and asked Shah why the NIA had not filed appeals against the acquittal of those accused in Hindutva terror cases. “NIA is not appealing because the victims are Muslims,” he said. Lok Sabha passes bill to strengthen NIA, Amit Shah says Modi govt wants to uproot terrorism NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home Shah also said that repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was a bad move, and the Congress had taken the decision to save its “vote bank”. He said if POTA had not been repealed, the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai may not have happened.The Bill saw acrimonious debate in the House with Opposition members accusing the government of derailing terror cases against Hindutva activists and turning India into a “police state”. Shah said the nation must know “who are the people standing against terrorism, and who are standing by it”.Explained | What are the changes in NIA (Amendment) Bill 2019“Although (MoS Home G Kishan) Reddyji will give a detailed reply, some important issues have been raised by members to which I feel I must respond. Questions have been raised on the issue of misuse of the Act and about some religions. I assure the House that the Modi government has no intention to misuse this Act. But it will be used to finish terrorism, and we will not see religion in that,” Shah said. Advertising Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Published: July 16, 2019 2:59:15 am Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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New neurons for life Old people can still make fresh brain cells

first_imgYoung neurons glow red in this brain tissue from a 68-year-old. LlorensLab Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe One of the thorniest debates in neuroscience is whether people can make new neurons after their brains stop developing in adolescence—a process known as neurogenesis. Now, a new study finds that even people long past middle age can make fresh brain cells, and that past studies that failed to spot these newcomers may have used flawed methods.The work “provides clear, definitive evidence that neurogenesis persists throughout life,” says Paul Frankland, a neuroscientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. “For me, this puts the issue to bed.”Researchers have long hoped that neurogenesis could help treat brain disorders like depression and Alzheimer’s disease. But last year, a study in Nature reported that the process peters out by adolescence, contradicting previous work that had found newborn neurons in older people using a variety of methods. The finding was deflating for neuroscientists like Frankland, who studies adult neurogenesis in the rodent hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory. It “raised questions about the relevance of our work,” he says. By Emily UnderwoodMar. 25, 2019 , 12:00 PM Emailcenter_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country New neurons for life? Old people can still make fresh brain cells, study finds Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) But there may have been problems with some of this earlier research. Last year’s Nature study, for example, looked for new neurons in 59 samples of human brain tissue, some of which came from brain banks where samples are often immersed in the fixative paraformaldehyde for months or even years. Over time, paraformaldehyde forms bonds between the components that make up neurons, turning the cells into a gel, says neuroscientist María Llorens-Martín of the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center in Madrid. This makes it difficult for fluorescent antibodies to bind to the doublecortin (DCX) protein, which many scientists consider the “gold standard” marker of immature neurons, she says.The number of cells that test positive for DCX in brain tissue declines sharply after just 48 hours in a paraformaldehyde bath, Llorens-Martín and her colleagues report today in Nature Medicine. After 6 months, detecting new neurons “is almost impossible,” she says.When the researchers used a shorter fixation time—24 hours—to preserve donated brain tissue from 13 deceased adults, ranging in age from 43 to 87, they found tens of thousands of DCX-positive cells in the dentate gyrus, a curled sliver of tissue within the hippocampus that encodes memories of events. Under a microscope, the neurons had hallmarks of youth, Llorens-Martín says: smooth and plump, with simple, undeveloped branches.In the sample from the youngest donor, who died at 43, the team found roughly 42,000 immature neurons per square millimeter of brain tissue. From the youngest to oldest donors, the number of apparent new neurons decreased by 30%—a trend that fits with previous studies in humans showing that adult neurogenesis declines with age. The team also showed that people with Alzheimer’s disease had 30% fewer immature neurons than healthy donors of the same age, and the more advanced the dementia, the fewer such cells.Some scientists remain skeptical, including the authors of last year’s Nature paper. “While this study contains valuable data, we did not find the evidence for ongoing production of new neurons in the adult human hippocampus convincing,” says Shawn Sorrells, a neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania who co-authored the 2018 paper. One critique hinges on the DCX stain, which Sorrells says isn’t an adequate measure of young neurons because the DCX protein is also expressed in mature cells. That suggests the “new” neurons the team found were actually present since childhood, he says. The new study also found no evidence of pools of stem cells that could supply fresh neurons, he notes. What’s more, Sorrells says two of the brain samples he and his colleagues looked at were only fixed for 5 hours, yet they still couldn’t find evidence of young neurons in the hippocampus.Llorens-Martín says her team used multiple other proteins associated with neuronal development to confirm that the DCX-positive cells were actually young, and were “very strict,” in their criteria for identifying young neurons.Heather Cameron, a neuroscientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, remains persuaded by the new work. Based on the “beauty of the data” in the new study, “I think we can all move forward pretty confidently in the knowledge that what we see in animals will be applicable in humans, she says. “Will this settle the debate? I’m not sure. Should it? Yes.”last_img read more

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Samsung May Unleash a Beast

first_img“There’s a strong possibility that Samsung will incorporate Bluetooth 5 into the Galaxy S8,” said Ken Hyers, director of wireless device strategies at Strategy Analytics.”With the cancellation of the Note7, the Galaxy S8 is now [Samsung’s] premier device to showcase the latest and best smartphone technology,” he told TechNewsWorld.Samsung had to institute a global recall of millions of Galaxy Note7s after multiple instances in which the device spontaneously burst into flames. Some replacement devices also caught fire.”Samsung has a PR problem,” observed Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan. “Note7 is a disaster, and they need something with which to seize the technological high ground.”Putting cutting-edge technologies in the S8 “will help a lot,” he told TechNewsWorld.”Remember, practically nothing is Bluetooth 5-compliant,” Jude noted. “As long as the S8 can talk to existing Bluetooth devices, it’s golden. People will be drawn to the latest, greatest technology.”Bluetooth 5.0 doesn’t replace 4.0, 4.1 or 4.2. It extends the functionality of these previous versions of the Bluetooth Core Specification.Further, Bluetooth 5.0 lets manufacturers leverage interoperability and performance improvements incorporated in the core specs since 4.2 was released.”From Bluetooth headsets and speakers to home control, personal robots and drones, Bluetooth is a default technology for connecting devices, with the smartphone as the hub of consumers’ device universe,” Strategy Analytics’ Hyers remarked.”We are rapidly moving into a more complex connected device world,” he pointed out.Samsung has focused heavily on the Internet of Things, offering smart TVs and smart appliances that can be tied to its smartphones.Bluetooth 5 “is a huge advance over previous versions of Bluetooth from a connectivity speed and capacity standpoint,” Hyers pointed out, noting that it’s a natural fit for Samsung’s next flagship device.The S8 will “be both a mass market flagship and a showcase for Samsung’s technological leadership” since the company has canceled its Note series of phablets, he said.Therefore, Samsung “will be careful to only put technology and features in it that it’s certain will not create issues,” Hyers contended. As a relatively low-risk feature, Bluetooth 5 likely will appear in the S8 in Q1 2017. Countering Bad PR Keeping the Note7’s Specter at Bay Many consumers returned their Note7 phablets to purchase an older Galaxy S7, Hyers said. “Given that history, “I expect that the Galaxy S8 will be the most carefully tested and verified smartphone ever released.”Also, consumers in the know will see Bluetooth 5 as a future-proof technology, he suggested, while early adopters will see it as a useful item. Bluetooth 5.0 Specscenter_img Bluetooth 5.0 offers 2Mbps of bandwidth, twice that of Bluetooth 4.2, with low energy.The bandwidth can be decreased to achieve up to 4x the broadcast range of Bluetooth 4.2 with the same power requirement. That means home automation and security devices can cover entire homes, buildings or locations.Developers can adjust the broadcast range, speed and security for different environments.Bluetooth 5.0 delivers reliable Internet of Things connections, and it will increase the relevance of beacons and other location awareness technologies, which will enable a seamless IoT experience.It also has ad extensions that enable more efficient use of broadcasting channels on the 2.4 GHz band.Slot availability masks can detect and prevent interference on neighboring bands. Hot off the rumor mill on Wednesday is news of a new feature Samsung may include in its upcoming Galaxy S8. It’s dubbed “Beast Mode,” and that’s just about all that is known about it so far.Spotted in an EU trademark application, Beast Mode would apply to smartphones, mobile phones and application software for smartphones, notedGalaxy Club, a Netherlands-based blog.The Galaxy S8 is expected to be the first smartphone built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. If true, that lines up with the notion that Beast Mode could allow super high performance.Another rumor is that the Galaxy S8 will have an optical fingerprint scanner built into the display instead of the body.Further, it’s rumored that it will include Bluetooth 5.0, recently approved by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group — and that idea seems to carry a fair amount of weight. Richard Adhikari has written about high-tech for leading industry publications since the 1990s and wonders where it’s all leading to. Will implanted RFID chips in humans be the Mark of the Beast? Will nanotech solve our coming food crisis? Does Sturgeon’s Law still hold true? You can connect with Richard on Google+.last_img read more

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Apple to Sate iPhone Curiosity Sept 12

first_imgFevered Anticipation If the Sept. 12 date is solid, then Apple likely will start collecting preorders for the new products by Sept. 15 and start shipping a week or two later.That might not be the case for the iPhone 8, however.”I don’t know if the totally redesigned phone will be shipping by the end of September. It seems a fair bet it won’t,” said Bob O’Donnell, chief analyst at Technalysis Research.”I’m sure they’ll have the 7s ready to ship, but it’s very unclear when the redesigned phone will get out the door,” he told TechNewsWorld.It’s not unprecedented for Apple to delay shipments of the advanced model of a product, noted Ross Rubin, the principal analyst at Reticle Research.”Compared to iPhones in the past, there are a number of new components in the iPhone 8, including the first major change in display technology since the first iPhone,” he told TechNewsWorld.That change alone could hold up shipments.”There are fewer suppliers available for OLED displays, and Apple usually has pretty demanding specifications for its components,” Rubin said. Apple plans to refresh its iPhone, TV and watch lines at an event scheduled Sept. 12, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.In addition to upgrading its iPhone 7 models, the company is expected to debut a new mobile phone to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brand, which the press has dubbed “iPhone 8.”It reportedly will have an OLED display with barely any bezel, a fingerprint scanner at the rear of the phone, and support for facial recognition and wireless charging. Reduction of the bezel, the area around the display, allows Apple to fit a 5.8-inch screen in a form factor just slightly larger than the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7.Apple plans to hold the event in Apple Park at the newly constructed Steve Jobs Theater, according to the Journal.Pricing for the iPhone 8 is expected to start at US$1,000, while pricing for the new iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models will be in line with current pricing, which starts at $649.The refresh of Apple TV reportedly will include 4K HDR output, and some models of the new Apple Watch will include LTE cellular support. Potential Shipment Delays Although the arrival of a new iPhone always creates a buzz, the anticipation around this round of models appears to be particularly high.”Anticipation has been high because this is the 10th anniversary iPhone and people are expecting it to have significant new features,” observed Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies.Anticipation levels for an iPhone haven’t been at this level since the release of the first Plus model of the mobile, noted Technalysis’ O’Donnell.”When Apple jumped to a bigger screen size, that made a huge difference for a lot of people,” he said, ” but even that doesn’t compare to this at all.”As high as anticipation levels are, it remains to be seen if the enthusiasm extends beyond the Apple faithful.”The company is in an enviable position insofar as having a large, dedicated customer base that enthusiastically gobbles up new iPhones regardless of how good or costly they are,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.”I’m not sure whether the current hoopla will sizably increase the size of that group,” he told TechNewsWorld. Apple may have more to gain — or lose — with this product refresh than with many previous ones.”I believe the stakes are higher than ever for Apple,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.”Anticipation is high, and Apple finally has some competition in the super-premium smartphone market from the Samsung Note8,” he told TechNewsWorld.Apple raises the bar for itself every time it releases a new iPhone, Bajarin noted,” but since this is the 10th anniversary edition, there is a bit more interest when it comes to how many new things Apple will add to this model than it’s added in past models.”Apple may not be the only company hoping that the iPhone 8 fulfills the buildup of anticipation.”There have been signs that smartphones as a segment are reaching a plateau,” King said. “As a result, a lot of folks, including competitors, are hoping the new iPhone will help revive the market and open new vistas.”center_img Helping to build anticipation for the next generation of iPhones, especially the iPhone 8, has been a steady flow of rumors and leaks.”It does seem like the churn of rumors about the new iPhones started earlier and has been more continuous than previous Apple handsets,” observed Pund-IT’s King.”The supply chain has been very talkative over the last few months,” Creative Strategies’ Bajarin told TechNewsWorld.Apple fans should avoid getting too invested in rumors, though, warnedKevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”There are leaks, but we don’t know if all the details are correct,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Some could be misdirection or wishful thinking. ” High-Stakes Game Strategic Leaking John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

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New study could provide a potential new drug to help fight obesity

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 27 2018Our bodies contain two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. While white fat stores calories, brown fat burns energy and could help us lose weight. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have found a way of making the white fat ‘browner’ and increasing the efficiency of brown fat.While their study was carried out in mice, they hope that this finding will translate into humans and provide a potential new drug to help fight obesity.Obesity is a condition in which individuals accumulate more and more fat until their fat stops functioning. This can lead to diseases such as diabetes. However, not all fat tissue is bad: the fat that accumulates in obesity is known as ‘white fat’, but a second form of fat known as ‘brown fat’ could be used to treat obesity.Both brown and white fat are made up of fat cells known as adipocytes, but in brown fat, these cells are rich in mitochondria – the ‘batteries’ that power our bodies – which give the tissue its brown colour. Brown fat also contains more blood vessels to allow the body to provide it with oxygen and nutrients.While white fat stories energy, brown fat burns it in a process known as ‘thermogenesis’. When fully activated, just 100g of brown fat can burn 3,400 calories a day – significantly higher than most people’s daily food intake and more than enough to fight obesity.We all have some brown fat – or brown adipose tissue, as it is also known – in our bodies, but it is found most abundantly in newborns and in hibernating animals (where the heat produced by brown fat enables them to survive even in freezing temperatures). As we age, the amount of brown fat in our bodies decreases.Just having more brown fat alone is not enough – the tissue also needs to be activated. Currently, the only ways to activate brown fat are to put people in the cold to mimic hibernation, which is both impractical and unpleasant, or to treat them with drugs known as adrenergic agonists, but these can cause heart attacks. It is also necessary to increase the number of blood vessels in the tissue to carry nutrients to the fat cells and the number of nerve cells to allow the brain to ‘switch on’ the tissue.In 2012, a team led by Professor Toni Vidal-Puig from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, identified a molecule known as BMP8b that regulates the activation of brown fat in both the brain and the body’s tissues. They showed that deleting the gene in mice that produces this protein stopped brown fat from functioning.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyNow, in a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, Professor Vidal-Puig has led an international team of researchers which has shown that increasing how much BMP8b mice can produce increases the function of their brown fat. This implies that BMP8b, which is found in the blood, could potentially be used as a drug to increase the amount of brown fat amount in humans as well as making it more active. Further research will be necessary to demonstrate if this is the case.To carry out their research, the team used mice that had been bred to produce higher levels of the protein in adipose tissue. As anticipated, they found that increasing BMP8b levels changed some of the white fat into brown fat, a process known as beiging and thus increased the amount of energy burnt by the tissue.They showed that higher levels of BMP8b make the tissue more sensitive to adrenergic signals from nerves – the same pathway target by adrenergic agonist drugs. This may allow lower doses of these drugs to be used to activate brown fat in people, hence reducing their risk of heart attack.Unexpectedly, but importantly, the team also found that the molecule increased the amount of blood vessels and nerves in brown fat.”There have been a lot of studies that have found molecules that promote brown fat development, but, simply increasing the amount of brown fat will not work to treat disease – it has to be able to get enough nutrients and be turned on,” says Professor Vidal-Puig, lead author of the study.Co-author Dr Sam Virtue, also from the Institute of Metabolic Science, adds: “It’s like taking a one litre engine out of a car and sticking in a two litre engine in its place. In theory the car can go quicker, but if you only have a tiny fuel pipe to the engine and don’t connect the accelerator pedal it won’t do much good. BMP8b increases the engine size, and fits a new fuel line and connects up the accelerator!” Source:https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/study-in-mice-suggests-drug-to-turn-fat-brown-could-help-fight-obesitylast_img read more

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Study Induced neuronal cells derived from fibroblasts are similar to neurons in

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019The incidence of some neurological diseases–especially those related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases–is increasing. To better understand these conditions and evaluate potential new treatments, researchers need accurate models that they can study in the lab.Researchers from the Salk Institute, along with collaborators at Stanford University and Baylor College of Medicine, have shown that cells from mice that have been induced to grow into nerve cells using a previously published method have molecular signatures matching neurons that developed naturally in the brain.The study, published in eLife on January 15, 2019, opens the door for better ways to model an individual patient’s disease. This technique would enable researchers to study how neurological conditions develop, as well as to test new therapies. The new technology also could help to advance research into gene therapies that are derived from a patient’s own cells.”This research is charting the path for the most optimal way of creating neurons in the lab,” says Salk Professor Joseph Ecker, one of the study’s two senior authors. “By taking these cells and reprogramming them into neurons, you can potentially learn new things about how these diseases function on a cellular level, especially diseases driven by genetic changes.”The cells used in the study, called fibroblasts, make up most of the connective tissue in animals and play an important role in wound healing. Researchers have been studying how to transform fibroblasts into neuron cells in laboratory dishes, but until now they didn’t know whether these newly created neurons accurately corresponded to neurons that had grown naturally in the brain.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchNerve transfer surgery restores upper limb function in people with tetraplegiaThe technique for inducing the fibroblasts to grow into neurons with the matching epigenome was developed by Stanford’s Marius Wernig, the paper’s co-senior author. With this method, making induced neuronal cells does not involve pluripotent intermediates. Instead, the cells are directly converted from fibroblasts to neurons.”An important question in cellular engineering is how to know the quality of your product,” says co-first author Chongyuan Luo, a postdoctoral fellow in Ecker’s lab. “If we’re making neurons from fibroblasts, we want to know how they compare with neurons in the brain. We are particularly interested in looking at these cells at the level of the epigenome.”The epigenome is made up of chemicals that attach to DNA and regulate when genes get turned on and translated into proteins. Differences between the epigenomes of induced and naturally grown neurons could result in different features of induced neurons that might make them less accurate models of neuronal behavior.Using a technique developed in the Ecker lab called MethylC-seq, the researchers looked at every place in the genome where chemical groups called methyl groups are attached. They confirmed that these induced neurons have epigenomes that match neurons in the brain.”This research was done in mouse cells, but we plan to use the same technology to study induced neurons made with human cells,” explains Ecker, who is director of Salk’s Genomic Analysis Laboratory and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Ecker plans to also collaborate with colleagues to apply the technology to look at human cells to better understand age-related cognitive decline. Source:https://www.salk.edu/news-release/research-confirms-nerve-cells-made-from-skin-cells-are-a-valid-lab-model-for-studying-disease/last_img read more

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Mental health problems common after concussion

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 30 2019NIH-funded study identifies risk factors for neuropsychiatric conditions after concussionA new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or major depressive disorder following mild mTBI or concussion through analysis of the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study cohort. The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.”Mental health disorders after concussion have been studied primarily in military populations, and not much is known about these outcomes in civilians,” said Patrick Bellgowan, Ph.D., NINDS program director. “These results may help guide follow-up care and suggest that doctors may need to pay particular attention to the mental state of patients many months after injury.”In the study, Murray B. Stein, M.D., M.P.H., professor at the University of California San Diego, and his colleagues investigated mental health outcomes in 1,155 people who had experienced a mild TBI and were treated in the emergency department. At three, six, and 12 months after injury, study participants completed various questionnaires related to PTSD and major depressive disorder. For a comparison group, the researchers also surveyed individuals who had experienced orthopedic traumatic injuries, such as broken legs, but did not have head injury.The results showed that at three and six months following injury, people who had experienced mTBI were more likely than orthopedic trauma patients to report symptoms of PTSD and/or major depressive disorder. For example, three months after injury, 20 percent of mTBI patients reported mental health symptoms compared to 8.7 percent of orthopedic trauma patients. At six months after injury, mental health symptoms were reported by 21.2 percent of people who had experienced head injury and 12.1 percent of orthopedic trauma patients.Dr. Stein and his team also used the data to determine risk factors for PTSD and major depressive disorder after mTBI. The findings revealed that lower levels of education, self-identifying as African-American, and having a history of mental illness increased risk. In addition, if the head injury was caused by an assault or other violent attack, that increased the risk of developing PTSD, but not major depressive disorder. However, risk of mental health symptoms was not associated with other injury-related occurrences such as duration of loss of consciousness or posttraumatic amnesia.Related StoriesParticipation in local food projects may have positive effect on healthState lawmakers eye federal dollars to boost mental health counseling by peersHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance type”Contrary to common assumptions, mild head injuries can cause long-term effects. These findings suggest that follow-up care after head injury, even for mild cases, is crucial, especially for patients showing risk factors for PTSD or depression,” said Dr. Stein.This study is part of the NIH-funded TRACK-TBI initiative, which is a large, long-term study of patients treated in the emergency department for mTBI. The goal of the study is to improve understanding of the effects of concussions by establishing a comprehensive database of clinical measures including brain images, blood samples, and outcome data for 3,000 individuals, which may help identify biomarkers of TBI, risk factors for various outcomes, and improve our ability to identify and prevent adverse outcomes of head injury. To date, more than 2,700 individuals have enrolled in TRACK-TBI.A recent study coming out of TRACK-TBI suggested that many TBI patients were not receiving recommended follow-up care.”TRACK-TBI is overturning many of our long-held beliefs around mTBI, particularly in what happens with patients after they leave the emergency department. We are seeing more evidence about the need to monitor these individuals for many months after their injury to help them achieve the best recovery possible,” said Geoff Manley, M.D., professor at the University of California San Francisco, senior author of the current study and principal investigator of TRACK-TBI.Future research studies will help identify mental health conditions, other than PTSD and major depressive disorder, that may arise following mTBI. In addition, more research is needed to understand the biological mechanisms that lead from mTBI to mental health problems and other adverse outcomes, such as neurological and cognitive difficulties. Source:https://www.ninds.nih.gov/News-Events/News-and-Press-Releases/Press-Releases/Mental-health-disorders-common-following-mildlast_img read more

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Genetic variations in a fourth gene associated with higher ALL risk in

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 15 2019St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified genetic variations in a fourth gene that are associated with an increased risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Hispanic children. The research appears today in the journal Blood.The gene is ERG, a transcription factor that is also mutated in the leukemic cells of some ALL patients. In this study, researchers identified inherited genetic variations in ERG that contribute to ALL risk, primarily in Hispanic children. These are germline variants carried in cells throughout the body, rather than the previously reported somatic mutations in cancer cells.ALL is the most common childhood cancer, and Hispanic children have the nation’s highest incidence of the disease. They are also less likely than other children with ALL to survive.”The more we understand the biology behind these disparities, the more likely we are to develop more effective therapies for different patient populations or better methods to track and monitor disease risk,” said corresponding author Jun J. Yang, Ph.D., an associate member of the Hematological Malignancies Program of the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center and in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.Ancestry and ALL riskThe study was a collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group and one of the largest efforts yet focused on Hispanic patients with ALL. Yang and his colleagues compared common genetic variations in 940 genetically defined Hispanic ALL patients enrolled in COG clinical trials and 681 individuals of similar backgrounds without an ALL diagnosis. COG is the world’s largest cooperative pediatric cancer research organization.Ethnicity was assigned based on gene variations representative of European, African and Native American ancestry. Hispanic ethnicity was defined as having more than 10 percent Native American gene variations as well as having more Native American than African gene variations.Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeResearchers discover gene linked to healthy aging in wormsResearchers confirmed previous findings that high-risk genetic variations in ARID5B, GATA3 and PIP4K2A were more common in Hispanic children and were associated with an increased chance of developing ALL. The investigators also identified high-risk variations in ERG that were associated with a 1.56-fold increased risk of ALL in Hispanic children. The individual risk, however, remains low, Yang said.The risk was highest (doubled) for children with the highest percentage of Native American ancestry and lowest (13 percent) for children with the lowest percentage. That was surprising, Yang said, because for leukemia genes researchers discovered before, their effects on ALL genetic risk are usually consistent across ancestries.In contrast, investigators found no significant increased ALL risk in African-American children with the high-risk ERG variations and just a 12 percent elevated risk in children of European ancestry.”We found the high-risk ERG variants were more common in Hispanic children, but also had a stronger effect in Hispanics,” Yang said. Additional research is needed to understand the mechanism involved, including possible unidentified environmental or other factors that might play a role.ERG and ALL riskThe findings also suggest ERG is an important regulator of normal blood development since either somatic mutations or germline variations that disruption gene function have now been implicated in launching leukemia. The Hispanic ALL patients in this study rarely had both ERG germline and somatic variations at the same time. The variations themselves also did not overlap. Source:https://www.stjude.org/media-resources/news-releases/2019-medicine-science-news/genetic-variations-in-a-fourth-gene-linked-to-elevated-leukemia-risk-in-hispanic-children.htmllast_img read more

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Assisted reproductive technology solution from Olympus increases the efficiency of ICSI

first_imgApr 26 2019The Olympus IX73SC inverted microscope system is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) solution that facilitates and even eliminates steps in the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) workflow as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Here is how:Improving sperm selection: Smooth zooming (1x, 1.6x, and 2x) using the adjustment lever, combined with 4X, 10X, 20X and 40X UIS2 objective lenses, enables users to observe the morphology and internal structure of the sperm head in high detail.Related StoriesAI pathology diagnostic tool developed using deep learning technology from OlympusX Line Objective Lenses Break Optical Barriers with Simultaneously Improved Image Flatness, Chromatic Aberration Correction and Numerical ApertureImprove reliability, accuracy of drug discovery process with new 3D cell analysis technologyEasing oocyte condition checks through easy metaphase II (MII) spindle visualization: Focus with the push of a button to quickly locate the spindle, verify its stability post-thawing, confirm the oocyte’s maturity and properly position the microinjection pipette to avoid damaging the cell.Increasing sample throughput: Semi-motorized components combined with the IX73SC microscope’s unique contrast method enable users to quickly acquire highly detailed 3D imaging of oocytes so that patient samples can be analyzed and processed faster and more accurately.Reducing stress to the oocyte: Shorter overall ICSI processing time decreases the oocyte’s exposure outside the incubator, helping maintain the oocyte’s integrity and increasing the chances for success.Standardizing ICSI process: The microscope’s semi-motorized capability helps laboratories ensure uniformity throughout the ICSI workflow, regardless of each user’s experience level.The semi-motorized version of the IX73SC microscope streamlines the ICSI workflow by combining several steps. Users can switch observation methods and adjust the magnification by pressing a button on the integrated hand switch. Higher-sensitivity manual focusing can be easily achieved in conjunction with the motorized operations.Source: https://www.olympus-lifescience.comlast_img read more

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New technique for separation of cancer cells enables comprehensive genetic profiling

first_img Sources: Cheng Y-H, et al. Hydro-Seq enables contamination-free high-throughput single-cell RNA-sequencing for circulating tumor cells. Nature Communications May 15 2019. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10122-2.epdf?author_access_token=IF7MeCNHqtM1eI0oskHccNRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0Mcwdo80HMGAlvpKgnT9SG0yN8waqB8fFueSYQ8zU7tr4saqyhwkneOY4YVECJy1tGNB5XNVupx5IZBszbxcCOYc2WLbbNdGz6JD7cSGJFXmw%3D%3D University of Michigan. Press release 15 May 2019. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uom-bbn051519.php By Kate Bass, B.Sc.May 16 2019A new technique for obtaining cancer cells from blood samples without contamination from blood cells has made it feasible to conduct detailed genetic analysis of cancer cells without the need for tumour biopsy. Shutterstock | Olena YakobchukCancer develops as a result of multiple gene mutations. The precise nature of these mutations determines the characteristics of a tumour, such as how quickly it grows and how susceptible it is to a particular treatment. The effects of specific genetic changes on cancer development have be extensively studied, making genetic analysis an invaluable tool for the early detection of cancer, the assessment of cancer risk and prognosis, and tailoring of cancer therapy.  Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedThe rare metastatic cancer cells present in the blood having been shed from the primary tumour are highly heterogeneous and provide critical insights into cancer development. The single-cell genetic analysis required to obtain this information, however, has been hampered by the scarcity of these circulating cancer cells (less than 10 per mL blood).Research published this week in Nature Communication describes a new technique that cleanly separates cancer cells from a blood sample. The Hydro-Seq is a system of channels and chambers that traps cancer cells one at a time so they are free from contamination with blood cells. Comprehensive genetic profiling of the rare blood-borne cancer cells has thus been made possible. Furthermore, since the cancer cells are trapped and analysed individually, the genetic variation among cancer cells within a single patient can also be determined, which enables treatments to be individually tailored more effectively.In addition, the information required to monitor treatment outcomes can be obtained from blood samples rather than requiring repeated biopsies, which are invasive and often painful.Max Wicha, Professor of Oncology at the University of Michigan, commented “This could be a whole different ball game…It allows you not only to select targeted therapies, but to monitor the effects of these therapies in patients by doing this blood test”.The new method has been used to analyse 666 cancer cells from blood samples taken from 21 patients with breast cancer. The results showed that even within a single patient, the cancer cells often behave very differently. Of the cancer cells captured from the blood samples, 30-50% displayed stem-like properties. Such cells do not display consistent protein markers and are easy to miss using traditional techniques.Co-author on the study, Monika Burness Yu-Chih Chen remarked “It’s a very powerful tool to monitor–at the cellular level–what a treatment does to tumours over time”.The new device is due to be used to track treatment progress in an upcoming cancer clinical trial.last_img read more

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Kalanick denies plot to steal secrets in tense courtroom exchange

Explore further In a second day of testimony in the trial pitting former Google car division Waymo against Uber, Kalanick maintained he did not ask for proprietary data when he hired a star engineer from the technology giant.Under questioning from Uber attorney Karen Dunn in the federal court trial, Kalanick acknowledged that Uber wanted to lead the race for self-driving car technology and added that his “number one priority (was) getting the best engineers.”Kalanick said he hired Anthony Levandowski—who has been accused of downloading thousands of documents before leaving Google—”because we thought he was incredibly visionary.”Asked if he requested Levandowski to bring information from Google to Uber, Kalanick replied, “No.”He also said he was not told by Levandowski that he would bring Google secrets to Uber, or that he had downloaded files from the rival company.But in earlier questioning by Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven, Kalanick was confronted with embarrassing documents and exchanges with Levandowski.Asked the meaning of a text message in which he told Levandowski to “burn the village,” Kalanick said, “I don’t know, I don’t remember.”The jury was also shown a clip—sent from Levandowski to Kalanick— from the 1987 film “Wall Street” in which the Michael Douglas lead character proclaims “greed is good.””You wanted to win, right?” Verhoeven asked just before showing the film excerpt.”That’s correct,” Kalanick responded. Kalanick also acknowledged that he signed documents authorizing Uber to indemnify Levandowski against any claims from Google over misappropriated technology, but said he did not read the papers.”I never read the indemnification agreement,” Kalanick testified, maintaining that he trusted his legal advisers.”As a CEO, you get literally hundreds of documents to sign each month… the CEO can’t read every document.” Kalanick’s court appearance—his first in public since being ousted as Uber CEO last year—could be a key to deciding the case pitting two prominent Silicon Valley firms racing for the lead in autonomous driving.Alphabet’s Waymo division is seeking at least $1 billion over the theft of secrets from its self-driving car program in the trial before federal judge William Alsup.If Waymo prevails, the trial could deal a severe blow to Uber’s efforts to widely deploy self-driving vehicles as part of its ridesharing operations—a field that also includes Waymo and other rivals.The trial comes with Uber seeking to turn the page following a series of scandals over alleged misconduct and a cut-throat workplace culture, as new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi strives to prepare for a stock market debut in 2019. Citation: Kalanick denies plot to steal secrets in tense courtroom exchange (2018, February 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-kalanick-denies-plot-secrets-tense.html At trial, former Uber CEO seeks to fend off conspiracy talk Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick on Wednesday denied conspiring to steal autonomous driving technology in a tense courtroom appearance that could be key to a blockbuster trial over allegedly ill-gotten trade secrets. © 2018 AFP Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building on day three of the trial between Waymo and Uber over allegedly stolen trade secrets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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ATT to end all locationdata sales to data brokers

first_img Last year, AT&T and other carriers pledged to stop providing location information to data brokers. But AT&T made an exception for useful services that, for instance, help customers with roadside assistance or fraud protection. Now the company says it will also end those sales in March.The move follows a Tuesday report on Vice’s Motherboard site that showed how bounty hunters can track phone locations using carrier data.Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has been pushing mobile providers to end location-data sales. He said Thursday that Congress needs to pass legislation to ensure they come to a halt. Explore further In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, people pass an AT&T store in New York’s Times Square. AT&T says it will stop selling customer location data to data brokers, as the telecom industry faces backlash that the data has been used improperly. The company says it will eliminate even the kind of selling it calls helpful for consumers. Last year, AT&T pledged to stop providing location information to data brokers. But it kept selling to some services such as those that help with roadside assistance. That will end by March 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file) Citation: AT&T to end all location-data sales to data brokers (2019, January 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-att-location-data-sales-brokers.html © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.center_img Verizon to end location data sales to brokers This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. AT&T says it will stop selling all location data from mobile phones to brokers following a report that companies are still selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge.last_img read more

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The Wikipedia gender gap

first_imgWikipedia logo. More information: Amanda Menking et al, People Who Can Take It, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – CHI ’19 (2019). DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300702 Play Credit: University of Washington But participants also discussed how they managed their safety both conceptually and physically, and how they acted on this understanding to create safe spaces on and off Wikipedia. In order to navigate Wikipedia and related online communities—for example, Facebook groups—these women use sophisticated tactics for how they manage their online identities, boundaries and emotions.The authors suggest solutions for future online environments that encourage equity, inclusivity and safety for historically marginalized users.”Wikipedia says it’s the sum of all human knowledge and it’s the encyclopedia anyone can edit. That is a pretty big claim,” Menking said. “There’s also a responsibility to be held to those claims, that if you say you are the sum of all human knowledge then you need representative humans contributing that information.” Explore further Wikipedia is one of the most successful online communities in history, yet it struggles to attract and retain editors who are women—another example of the gender gap online. In a recent University of Washington study, researchers interviewed women “Wikipedians” to examine the lack of female and non-binary editors in Wikipedia. The team identified a common theme: safety. Dermatology students improve Wikipedia entries on skin disease “People can get harassed when they’re editing content in Wikipedia,” said co-author Wanda Pratt, a professor in the UW’s Information School. “If you’re constantly getting negative feedback for doing something, how often are you going to do it?”The researchers presented their results May 9 at the 2019 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland. The video below includes some of the authors and participants in the study.The team interviewed 25 well-established editors to find out their stories. The conversations revealed that many participants had their edits contested and that some participants felt unsafe within the community.”In the data we collected, it goes beyond trolling,” said first author Amanda Menking, a doctoral student in the iSchool. “There’s doxxing, which is exposing people’s personal information and where to find them online or in physical space such as their address. Some of the women we talked to received death threats.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by University of Washington PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: The Wikipedia gender gap (2019, June 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-wikipedia-gender-gap.htmllast_img read more

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World Cup glory was written in the stars for Stokes believes Root

first_imgAlongside Jos Buttler, Stokes managed 15 for his team from the additional six balls and when Martin Guptill was run out coming back for a second off the final delivery of New Zealand’s over, the home side triumphed having struck more fours and sixes.It was redemption for man-of-the-match Stokes, who was smashed for four successive maximums by West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of the World Twenty20 final three years ago.MORE: Stokes says crazy World Cup final won’t be beaten | Fans fuming after controversial World Cup final finish | England claim World Cup epic”Unbelievable. Wow. Hard to sum it up. What a day, what a tournament,” Root said.”Everyone has done what’s been asked of them, we’ve come through difficult periods, held it together and performed under pressure.”It was written in the stars for Ben, he’s been through such a tough time, I’m so happy for him, I couldn’t be more proud and pleased for him in particular.”This guy #CWC19 #WeAreEngland pic.twitter.com/1jqliatKYk- England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 14, 2019England captain Eoin Morgan, meanwhile, was thrilled to see four years of planning come to fruition after his side were dumped out in the group stage in 2015 – an elimination that prompted a complete overhaul of the team’s white-ball philosophy.”There wasn’t a lot in that game – commiserations to Kane [Williamson] and his team, the way they play their cricket is really worth aspiring to and the example they lead is hugely commendable,” Morgan said. Joe Root felt it was “written in the stars” for Ben Stokes to be England’s Cricket World Cup saviour as the hosts edged an epic final against New Zealand by virtue of a superior boundary count. Stokes’ excellent 84 not out saw England equal the Black Caps’ 241 at Lord’s on Sunday, while there was still no separating the sides after the match went to a Super Over.center_img “It’s been a four-year journey, we’ve developed a lot particularly in the last two years, we find it hard on wickets like that, like all good teams do. Sport’s tough at times but to get over the line today means the world.”I was being cooled down by Liam Plunkett, which isn’t a good sign.”The guys in the middle kept us cool, they’re very experienced, the best in the world, it’s calming at times, there’s not a lot between the teams, so we’re delighted to lift the trophy today.”last_img read more

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Kerala police to use AIcapable drones for crime busting

first_imgA representational image crime, law and justice SHARE SHARE EMAIL Vinson Kurian Kerala’s sleuths will strengthen their crime fighting ability with AI-based drones capable of facial recognition and identification to catch the most wanted.Cyberdome, the R&D centre of the Kerala Police based here, has adopted the latest cyber threat intelligence tools and techniques to extend the ability of the police to unravel crimes.It will roll out its most compelling proposition yet — drones for facial recognition and identification using artificial intelligence (AI) — at the 11th Cocon, an international conference on cyber security, data privacy and hacking, scheduled in Kochi in October. These drones will feature in the ‘most absorbing live demo’ at the event, an official spokesman for the organisers told BusinessLine. VIP SecurityAt the event, a custom-built drone will take off from its pedestal. Its camera feed will be automatically projected on screens. The drone will do a sortie in which it will mop up the facial details of everyone present in the hall and identify a few key people. The recognised people’s name, emails and passwords and some ‘intimately private info’ will be displayed on the screens. The data is confirmed with the individuals concerned! How is this possible? Well, the AI component of the system mined 10 years of Cocon data to build a face recognition software. Another database is used to match the faces with individual emails. The matched emails are referred to the ‘big data leak server’ (a historical record of all third-party data leaks) to reveal the users’ old/current password/personal info.The Kerala Police proposes to formally adopt the system, which, the spokesman said, will come in handy for VIP security, near airports and highly protected zones. It can also be used at traffic junctions to identify wanted persons. These drones can be deployed even beyond line-of-sight to monitor various locations. The spokesman said, the Kerala Police would be the very first in the country to operate such drones in law enforcement. Published on September 26, 2018center_img COMMENT Kerala SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Repaving smoothens ride on Balakong roads

first_imgAmong the roads that have been repaved is a 560m stretch in Taman Putra Budiman, Balakong. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Motorists in Balakong are enjoying a smoother ride as repair works involving resurfacing and fixing of potholes on several roads have been carried out.Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming contributed funds from his allocation to repair potholes in three areas namely Bayu Courtyard, Taman Desa Serdang and Taman Putra Budiman.“The total cost of patching the potholes was about RM40,000,” said Ong’s personal assistant Khoo Khim Han during a site visit.Also present were Balakong assemblyman Wong Siew Ki and Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) councillor Billy Sun. They involve stretches totalling 1.2km in Taman Taming Ria and Kawasan Industri Selesa Jaya, 560m in Taman Putra Budiman, and another 2.7km in Taman Seri Timah.Wong said Marris allocated RM5.33mil to fund repairs of nine roads and three drainage upgrades in Balakong.She said besides resurfacing of roads, damaged fencing for futsal courts in Taman Putra Budiman and Taman Taming Sari were also replaced at a cost of around RM10,000.Wong added that there would be more improvements in the infrastructure of Balakong“We are in the process of changing conventional bulbs on streetlights to LED lights along roads in Taman Putra Budiman using an RM85,000 allocation from MPKj,” said Wong.The project is expected to be completed by July 22. Nation 25 Jun 2019 Man in Balakong road bullying incident to be charged on June 26 Metro News 15 Jun 2019 Potholed Balakong roads to be resurfaced Metro News 05 Jul 2019 Taman Saga drainage upgraded with Marris fund Tags / Keywords: (From left) Khoo, Sun and Wong inspecting the new fencing at Taman Putra Budiman’s futsal court. Related News Central Region Wong also said nearly RM400,000 from the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) was allocated to complete three road repaving projects in Balakong.last_img read more

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PKR man accuses Perak exco member of soliciting commission lodges report

first_img Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Perak exco member accused of sexually assaulting maid; police report lodged “I hope the police will investigate the matter fairly,” he said after lodging his report. Tags / Keywords: Related News Perak , Perak PKR , police report , Beh Yong Keancenter_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 10 Jul 2019 Perak exco member being probed for rape Nation 10 Jul 2019 MCA urges cops to hold PC over sexual abuse case involving Perak exco member IPOH: A PKR member has lodged a police report alleging that a Perak executive council member tried to solicit commission from two companies that are trying to purchase land in Kerian, Perak.Parit Buntar PKR committee member Beh Yong Kean lodged the report at the Ipoh district police station on Saturday (July 13).He claimed that the exco member agreed to support the two companies’ application to get land last year and had leaked the minutes of an exco meeting towards this end.”It is wrong to leak government secrets and it is a crime under the Official Secrets Act,” Beh said. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––last_img read more

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Malaysias IPI advances 4 in May

first_img Economy 1d ago Malaysia’s industrial output in May exceeds forecast {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: Related News Economy 10 May 2019 March industrial production index exceeds forecast KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s industrial production index in May rose 4% year-on-year which was above the Bloomberg survey of 3.5%, underpinned by electricity, manufacturing and mining. AdChoices广告The Statistics Department said in a statement yesterday the growth was driven by the increase in all indices: electricity (5.7%), manufacturing (4.2%) and Mining (3.0%).“The manufacturing sector output rose by 4.2% in May 2019 as compared to May 2018 after recording a growth of 4.3% in April 2019,” it said. The department said major sub-sectors contributing to the increase in May 2019 were transport equipment and other manufactures products (6.9%), electrical and electronics products (3.7%) and petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products (3.2%).It said the output of mining sector increased by 3% from a year ago, which is the highest growth since September 2017.It pointed out the growth was contributed by the natural gas index expanded by 7.6% while the crude oil index fell by 2%. As for the electricity sector, its output increased by 5.7% in May 2019 from a year ago. Related News Business News 11 Jun 2019 April industrial output exceeds forecast Economylast_img read more

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SC dismisses Asaram Bapus bail plea in sexual assault case

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 12:11 IST Two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against Asaram and his son accusing them of rape. (Image: PTI)The Supreme Court Monday dismissed the bail plea of self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu in connection with a sexual assault case lodged against him in Gujarat.A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Gujarat government, that the trial in the case was going on and 210 witnesses were yet to be examined.The bench, while dismissing the bail plea, said the lower court will proceed with the trial and will not be influenced by the prima facie observations given by the Gujarat High Court earlier while dismissing Asaram’s plea.Two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai accusing them of rape and illegal confinement among other charges.Also read | Narayan Sai, son of Asaram Bapu, gets life imprisonment for rapeAlso read | Asaram Bapu 2013 rape case: All you need to knowAlso watch | Asaram stands convicted of raping minor: Beginning of ‘bure din’ for godmen?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow Asaram BapuFollow Supreme CourtFollow Gujarat High Court Next SC dismisses Asaram Bapu’s bail plea in sexual assault caseThe bench, while dismissing the bail plea, said the lower court will proceed with the trial and will not be influenced by the prima facie observations given by the Gujarat High Court.advertisementlast_img read more

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